RICHMOND, Va. -- In an effort to provide accurate, easy-to-read information on the on-going COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on our community, WTVR.com will update this post with the day's local coronavirus headlines and statistics.
COVID-19 IN VIRGINIA (Scroll to bottom for U.S. stats)
Positive COVID-19 Cases: 150,803 (+1,116 from Friday)
People Hospitalized: 11,191 (+51 from Friday)
COVID-19-Linked Deaths: 3,270 (+20 from Friday)
Total Tests: 2,267,407 (+20,484 from Friday)
All Health Districts Current 7-Day Positivity Rate Total: 5.0% (Up from 4.9% Friday)
NOTE: This data is provided from the Virginia Department of Health daily at 10 a.m. Officials said their cutoff for data is 5 p.m. the previous day. So your local health department may have issued an alert about a case before it is added to the statewide tally released the following day. Get the latest charts and updated numbers from VDH here. *Data from Johns Hopkins University COVID-19 Tracker.
COVID-19 LOCAL HEADLINES
White House doctor says Trump doing 'very well' at hospital
President Donald Trump's doctor says he is doing "very well" as he spends the weekend at a military hospital for treatment of COVID-19. Read more.
Concerning signs despite word Trump is doing 'very well'
A person familiar with President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 illness says some of his vital signs over the past 24 hours were “very concerning” but they've improved since he was admitted to a military hospital. Read more.
Political analyst: Trump's illness impacts healthcare, Virginia political races
What's the impact of President Donald Trump‘s hospitalization for treatment of COVID-19 on the presidential race and other races, especially here in Virginia? Read more.
3 new COVID-19 outbreaks reported in Virginia Saturday
Health officials are investigating 1,059 outbreaks of COVID-19 in the Commonwealth, according to Virginia Department of Health (VDH) data released Saturday. More than 23,600 cases in the Commonwealth are linked to outbreaks. Read more.
55-plus COVID-19 patients discharged in Virginia; hospitalizations tick up
More than 55 additional COVID-19 patients have been discharged from Virginia hospitals in the last 24 hours, according to data from the Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association (VHHA). Read more.
President Trump and first lady test positive for the coronavirus
President Donald Trump tweeted early Friday morning he and first lady Melania Trump have tested positive for the coronavirus. Read more.
‘Everybody is susceptible’ doctor says after Trump’s COVID diagnosis
Richmond’s top health leader warned families that President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 diagnosis reveals the virus doesn’t discriminate. Read more.
Third Virginia child sick with Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome
The Piedmont Health District has reported the third confirmed case in the state of Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a new health condition associated with COVID-19. Read more.
Her husband drove a Richmond bus until COVID killed him, now she wants riders to 'just be safe'
A Richmond woman spoke to the public for the first time following the death of her husband, 49-year-old John Thrower. Read more.
Donate blood to help neighbors with COVID
Every unit of blood that is donated goes through testing for COVID-19 antibodies. If the blood contains the antibodies, it can be sent to the hospital to help people with COVID. Read more.
Grocery store workers can apply for $250 in aid
Beginning today, grocery store workers can apply for a national relief fund set up through the United Way and Kendall-Jackson. Read more.
CDC extends no-sail order on cruise ships
With reported squabbling between the CDC and White House, the CDC announced late Wednesday that a no-sail order on passenger cruise ships has been extended through the month of October due to the coronavirus pandemic. Read more.
31 prison inmates with coronavirus have died in Virginia
Figures from the Virginia Department of Corrections show that 31 prison inmates with COVID-19 have died since the start of the pandemic. Read more.
Deerfield Correctional Center COVID-19 outbreak: 17th virus death reported
The Virginia Department of Corrections reports the 17th coronavirus-related death at Deerfield Correctional Center, a facility that is home to many geriatric and medically impaired offenders. Read more.
Northam shares health update after positive COVID-19 test
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam shared a health update Monday morning, days after he and the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19. Read more.
Lawmakers 'shocked' after Gov. Northam, First Lady test positive for COVID-19
The Northams tested positive after they learned someone who works in the Governor's mansion tested positive for the virus. Read more.
Governor Northam, First Lady test positive for COVID-19
Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and First Lady Pamela Northam have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Governor's Office. Read more.
Coronavirus antibodies found in 10% of the sampled population
A study conducted by Stanford researchers found nearly 10% of those tested exhibited coronavirus antibodies. Read more.
Richmond leaders cautiously optimistic about COVID numbers
“We have to be even more vigilant now, more than ever. We are not out of the woods. The numbers, the statistics look good. But, obviously these things can change, truthfully, overnight,” Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney said. Read more.
10th inmate with COVID-19 dies at Deerfield Correctional Center
Officials in Virginia say 10 inmates have died at a prison where elderly and vulnerable inmates are being held. Read more.
Positive COVID-19 case reported at Colonial Heights High School
A positive case of COVID-19 has been reported at Colonial Heights High School, school officials confirmed Wednesday afternoon. Read more.
Northam says new refinancing plan will save Virginia colleges, universities $300M
Governor Ralph Northam announced a new higher education refinancing plan Tuesday that he says will save Virginia’s public colleges and universities more than $300 million over the next two years. “The COVID-19 pandemic continues to have tremendous impacts on higher education, including the fiscal health of our colleges and universities,” said Governor Northam. Read more.
Here's where to get a free COVID-19 test in Richmond, Henrico
Three COVID-19 community testing events have been scheduled for the week of September 28 in the City of Richmond and Henrico County. Read more.
Here's how Busch Gardens will celebrate Halloween
The park reopened in August during the pandemic and plans to keep in place safety protocols as part of the state's Phase 3 reopening guidelines. Read more.
Study suggests mask-wearing can lessen COVID-19 severity
A study published this month suggests that by lessening the amount of virus you take in by putting on a mask, you may also lessen the likelihood of getting severely sick if you contract COVID-19. Read more.
US surpasses 200,000 COVID-19 deaths
The deaths — all of which have occurred since February — out-total the number of Americans lost to World War I, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the War in Afghanistan and the Iraq War combined. Read more.
James Madison University to resume in-person instruction
James Madison University says it will resume in-person instruction. School officials say they now feel confident that they can keep students safe through the fall semester. Read more.
Virginia reports first child COVID-19 death
The teen was a resident in the Southside Health District, the health department announced Friday afternoon. Read more.
Students attend weekend house party, now some have COVID-19
A weekend house party that attracted upwards of 60 high school students prompted the Friday morning shutdown of two private school campuses in Richmond. Read more.
CDC reverses controversial advice about who should be tested for COVID-19
U.S. health officials are dropping a controversial piece of coronavirus guidance and telling all those who have been in close contact with infected people to get tested. Read more.
Virginia's Community Colleges to continue virtual learning through spring semester
Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia's Community Colleges, said in a Friday letter to students that VCC schools will continue offering virtual learning through the spring semester. Read more.
Richmond Kickers' home game postponed after positive test on visiting team
The Richmond Kickers home game, scheduled for Saturday, September 19 at City Stadium, has been postponed. Read more.
Inmates at Virginia prison 'fighting to stay alive' during mass COVID-19 outbreak
The Virginia Department of Corrections reports 537 positive cases at the facility and 8 deaths, as of Thursday evening. The facility has the most COVID-19 related deaths in any Virginia DOC facility. Read more.
Latest CDC forecast projects 218,000 COVID-19 deaths by Oct. 10
With the new forecast, that means approximately 9,600 to 20,600 more people could die in the next three weeks. Read more.
COMPLETE COVERAGE: COVID-19 HEADLINES (App users, click here for a complete list.)
Dr. Danny Avula honored for work addressing COVID-1911:45 PM, Oct 18, 2021
CDC releases holiday guidance for gatherings4:33 PM, Oct 18, 2021
Williams leaving ESPN after choosing not to get vaccine1:18 PM, Oct 18, 2021
Reports: Powell had medical condition, was immunocompromised12:11 PM, Oct 18, 2021
Nearly 650 more COVID-19 patients discharged last week4:01 PM, Oct 17, 2021
Fauci dismayed by Texas' move to ban mandates3:42 PM, Oct 17, 2021
Nearly 600 more COVID-19 patients discharged8:25 AM, Oct 16, 2021
County-by-county look at COVID-19 in Virginia7:15 AM, Oct 16, 2021
Virginia health experts weigh in on future of booster shots11:40 PM, Oct 15, 2021
States can reserve COVID-19 shots for younger kids next week6:08 PM, Oct 15, 2021
Tour Chesterfield’s new community vaccination clinic4:55 PM, Oct 15, 2021
Rage rooms help pandemic front-line workers release stress4:20 PM, Oct 15, 2021
FDA panel recommends booster shots of J&J's COVID-19 vaccine1:55 PM, Oct 15, 2021
Navy announces COVID vaccination timeline, discharge details12:08 PM, Oct 15, 2021
COVID-19 in Virginia: 14,700+ new cases reported last week11:20 AM, Oct 15, 2021
COVID-19 in Virginia: 2,350+ new cases Friday10:17 AM, Oct 15, 2021
Nearly 90 more COVID-19 patients discharged10:05 AM, Oct 15, 2021
US to lift international travel restrictions for some Nov. 810:05 AM, Oct 15, 2021
Protests greet debut of Italy's workplace COVID pass rule9:24 AM, Oct 15, 2021
FDA advisory panel to discuss booster shot for J&J vaccine6:51 AM, Oct 15, 2021
Kyrie Irving speaks out after being benched5:57 PM, Oct 14, 2021
How a group of moms helped give a voice to COVID-19 long haulers3:43 PM, Oct 14, 2021
COVID-19 in Virginia: 2,600+ new cases Thursday3:02 PM, Oct 14, 2021
105 more COVID-19 patients discharged3:02 PM, Oct 14, 2021
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